by Tad James
The Significant Emotional Experience:
Many mental and physical diseases are preceded by a significant emotional experience (SEE) of a negative nature which may appear in the person’s recent past, or even further in the past, such as during childhood. If negative, and depending on the intensity, the SEE has the potential to create or be the source of some emotional, mental or even physical disease occurring in the body.
Let’s define some terms so that we are speaking the same language: (I borrow the notion of an SEE from the sociologist Dr. Morris Massey, in the book The People Puzzle.) First event means the very first time that an experience happens, or the root cause of a first event occurring (this is also called root cause). Significant emotional experience is any major, fully associated, highly charged emotional event wherever it occurs. Emotional chain is the process that the unconscious mind uses to connect experiences of a similar nature. (The term used in Time Line Therapy® and The Basis of Personality is gestalt which means a collection of memories around a certain subject.)
The potential of a negative SEE to create disease is based on the trapped emotions which remain in the memory because they are stored in the body. The work of Dr. Paul Goodwin, a neural physicist at Alaska Pacific University, implies that the trapped emotions in the body have the possibility of creating functional (software, non-physical) boundaries which can impede the flow of nerve information through the neural network pathways.
Testing Memories for Negative Emotions: You can tell if there are still any negative emotions in one of your past memories by going back to that memory, and remembering what happened looking through your own eyes. (Warning: Do not try this with memories which contain trauma or phobia.) If, as you remember the memory, you feel any negative emotions in your body, then there is a negative emotional content to the memory, and there is trapped emotion in your body. The trapped negative emotion, if you feel it, is the basis for disease.
Next week we will discuss how to get rid of the negative emotions.